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SPARKS, Corporal Ronald M. United States Army, from Cambridge, MA, became Missing in Action (MIA) while his unit (Co. D, 1st Bn, 38th Infantry Regt, 2nd Infantry Div.) was clearing a road block held by the opposing forces in the vicinity of Hoengsong, R.O.K. (Republic of Korea) on 12 February 1951. A repatriated American Prisoner of War (POW) reported that PFC SPARKS died while in captivity at POW Camp 1, Changsong, Democratic People's Republic of North Korea on 26 May 1951. Beloved son of the late Herbert and Betty Sparks of Cambridge. Brother of Lawrence Sparks of Cambridge, Irene Sparks of Somerville and the late Warren, William, Marion and Clifford Sparks. Also survived by many other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the DeVito Funeral Home, located at 1145 Massachusetts Ave., ARLINGTON, MA on Thursday, August 18th from 5-8 PM for his wake. On Friday, August 19th Corporal Sparks will be laid to rest with his parents and little brother Clifford in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett, MA at 11 AM, with Full Military Honors, all are welcome to attend. The family will gather at 9:30 AM for small prayer before the interment. Corporal Sparks was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device (for valor) prior to becoming an MIA Soldier in August 1950, and was also a Purple Heart Medal recipient. A glimpse at the journey in bringing him home can be found at https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/07/14/no-time-limit-no-soldier-gets-left-behind. To send an online condolence or for directions, please visit: www.devitofuneralhomes.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 14, 2016
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